Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Presidential Leadership of Academic Medical and Surgical Societies

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Am J Surg. Mar 25, 2022: S0002-9610(22)00206-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.03.028. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Our goal was to identify gender and racial disparities in presidential leadership for national medical and surgical organizations.

METHODS: We located publicly available information on national medical organizations. The years between or since the first various presidents were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Mann Whitney’s U tests.

RESULTS: Sixty-seven national medical and surgical organizations were surveyed. 70.8% (n=34) were diverse via gender first (white-female), while 26.1% (n=14) were racially diverse first. Organizations with gender diversity first followed with an African American president earlier than organizations that first diversified by race (14.7 ± 11.8 vs. 27.6 ± 11.3 years, p = 0.018). No significant difference was observed for the third level of diversification.

CONCLUSIONS: Significant gender and racial disparities within national medical organizations are still present. Of note, women-led organizations had a shorter timeline for racial diversity. These findings help inform strategies to promote and increase diversity, equity and inclusion in national leadership.

PMID:35369971 | DOI:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.03.028

Kevin E. Boling